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Alloa Athletic 1-2 Aberdeen

Gary McDonald and John Grant
Alloa's John Grant (right) is challenged by Gary McDonald

Aberdeen gained a hard-fought victory over Alloa Athletic in the fourth round of the Homecoming Scottish Cup.

The visitors took a ninth-minute lead when Chris Maguire's shot deflected off team-mate Lee Miller and beyond Alloa goalkeeper Raymond Jellema.

But Alloa levelled from the penalty spot, Andy Scott converting three minutes before half-time.

Sone Aluko regained Aberdeen's lead in the 57th minute when he got in behind the Wasps defence and lobbed Jellema.

Both sides had free-kick efforts in the opening minutes, with Aberdeen's Charlie Mulgrew and Alloa's Brown Ferguson both threatening from distance.

Miller opened the scoring for Aberdeen when he inadvertently diverted Maguire's 20-yard strike into the net.

Aluko came close to extending Aberdeen's advantage when his shot was cleared off the line by Hill.

Alloa gradually began to put Aberdeen under pressure and John Grant flicked over the crossbar from Chris Townsley's knock-down.

Aberdeen player Sone Aluko
Aluko scored Aberdeen's winner at Recreation Park

The Wasps continued to press and had the ball in the net when Hill, who was being fouled by Aberdeen captain Severin, volleyed past Jamie Langfield.

However, referee Steven Nicholls had already blown for Severin's infringement.

After a delay to proceedings that saw Severin booked, Scott fired the spot-kick into the top corner.

Substitute Darren Mackie came close for Aberdeen early in the second half with a 30-yard strike that drifted wide.

But the Dons were soon back in front as Aluko raced onto Miller's header and lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper and into the net.

The hosts went back on the offensive in search of another equaliser and Hill headed wide from a corner.

Scott failed to connect with a teasing cross from Brown Ferguson, who then volleyed over after Langfield had failed to claim the ball at a corner.

At the other end, Mackie came close after meeting Maguire's cross with a shot that drifted over the crossbar.

Substitute Andy Ferguson came close with two headed efforts as Alloa continued to push forward.

The Alloa defence cleared on the line from Mackie's shot and Mulgrew's 30-yard free-kick was saved by Jellema in the closing stages.

Alloa manager Allan Maitland:
"We played our best and that's all we could give.

"It was a great effort but we just came up short.

"They had the final pass and the presence in the box that we didn't have."

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood:
"I'm just glad we're through. We started really well and brought problems upon ourselves.

"They got in our faces and we lost our way. They battled well and it caused us problems.

"In the second half, we picked up a wee bit. We got the goal but I never felt as comfortable as we were in the first 20-25 minutes.

"It's very annoying. We should know how to win a game."

Alloa: Jellema, McClune, Campbell, Buist , Townsley, Hill, Wilson, Brown Ferguson, MacAulay (Andrew Ferguson 80), Grant (Pat Scullion 74), Scott.
Subs Not Used: White, Forrest, Spence.

Booked: Campbell, Buist , Townsley, McClune.

Goals: Scott 42 pen.

Aberdeen: Langfield, McDonald, Diamond, Mulgrew, Foster, De Visscher (Mackie 46), Severin, Kerr, Aluko, Miller, Maguire.
Subs Not Used: Bateman, Mair, Considine, Paton.

Booked: Severin, Foster.

Goals: Miller 9, Aluko 57.

Att: 3,012

Ref: S Nicholls

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Aberdeen's Lee Miller 9.25 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

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see also
Scottish Cup as it happened
10 Jan 09 |  Scottish Cups
Scottish Cup photo gallery
10 Jan 09 |  Scotland

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